Nemo… the first time I saw Nemo it gave me the impression of Stained glass windows. It’s the church of comics; the obscure ancient knowledge of our medium. Each page was a new radical take on the form. I was taken. No one was doing that now.
This book is special because it acknowledges that history and passes the baton to a lot of great contemporary artists in the medium. I know, for me, it ignited a lot of thought about what I did with comics.
My strip uses some ideas of detournement and cut up method to critique some of the themes in Nemo. I took a short story from Edgar Allen Poe and cut it up to suggest some things about the ideology of race, psychology, identity. Thelonious Monk or Prince Paul are just as much the mothers of my style as Mccay, so I wanted to keep with that spirit in this work. You know, take a standard, smash it against the wall and then put it back together. Hopefully the results are more kintsugi then frankenstein (although frankenstein would be great too).
I can’t front, I was more than a little hung over when I wrote this. But yo, Kickstarter is winding down! Get in on that if it’s your thing.